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Time Bandits Review

I’d never fully understood the meaning of the phrase: ‘having one’s cake and eating it’ because a cake only really has one function unless you’re planning an elaborate food fight, but after watching Time Bandits it started to become a little clearer to me. It has a perfectly workable premise, but overreaches itself far too often, and…

The Mandalorian Review

Now, I don’t often review TV, as I find it difficult to format as a review; do I do episode by episode? Or do I just review the series as a whole? Each of these approaches has their separate issues, but in the end, I decided that with little else new to cover, it was…

Deadpool Review

Deadpool is a film with a fair amount of history leading up to it’s production. Way back in 2009, X Men Origins: Wolverine was released, featuring a much-anticipated portrayal of anti-hero Deadpool by perceived dream actor for the role, Ryan Reynolds. The film was a disaster critically and almost killed the X-Men franchise, but there…

The Boondock Saints Review

Billy Connolly may be the greatest comedian of all-time, but in the movie stakes, he is second only to Sean Bean in terms of on-screen deaths. This is the man who claims to be ‘the only person to die in a Muppet movie’ so I was hoping the Big Yin could make it at least…

John Wick Chapter 2 Review

In my last book, I reviewed the first John Wick, and earlier in this book, I reviewed the third chapter, so here I am closing the circle. The John Wick series is a classic example of a franchise growing in scale with each instalment. The first film was one man looking for revenge after his…

John Wick Review

This is one of those films that gets more interesting the more you learn about it. I was reading an article on the upcoming third instalment of this franchise recently, and it detailed the origins of John Wick as a film, and it made for very interesting reading. The apparent aim was to make a…

Alien Review

When it comes to great directors, very few have a perfect record. Stanley Kubrick may have been a masterful filmmaker, but he also made Eyes Wide Shut, Steven Spielberg has War of the Worlds, and Quentin Tarantino has Death Proof. No-one is perfect, much less film directors. Ridley Scott is a great example of this.…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

So, with the end of the world nigh, and every person you come into contact with potentially carrying a deadly virus, it’s safe to say that the cinema isn’t a great place to be right now. Which is bad news for me, because the longer I don’t watch films, the longer I don’t write and…

The Call of the Wild Review

I’m sensing somewhat of a pattern emerging this week; what with Emma yesterday and this today, it must be ‘New Adaptations of Old Books’ week, or perhaps something snappier, I’ll work on it, but in the meantime, here’s a review of a film about grumpy old Harrison Ford and a dog. I can’t say I’m familiar with…

Bad Boys For Life Review

After the last few years, and after some truly terrible choices, I can only hope that Will Smith has fired his agent. Starting with 2015’s Suicide Squad, maybe even earlier, he hasn’t made a single good choice in the roles he accepts. He’s really been through the doldrums in the last few years, there was…